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Chinese Tariff Recap and Summary

May 17, 2019: The US publishes List 4 proposed 25% ad valorem tariffs on Chinese products. Public hearings began June 17th. “The proposed product list covers essentially all products not currently covered by action in this investigation. The proposed product list excludes pharmaceuticals, certain pharmaceutical inputs, select medical goods, rare earth materials, and critical minerals. Product exclusions granted by the Trade Representative on prior tranches [Lists] from this investigation will not be affected.”

List 4 can be found here. Scroll to the bottom to see the proposed list.


12:01 a.m EST May 10, 2019, List 3 tariffs on Chinese products increases to 25% additional tariffs.  If your List 3 cargo was exported from China BEFORE 12:01 a.m. EST May 10, 2019, and even though it won’t arrive until after May 10, 2019, you will only pay 10% ad valorem tariffs. However, if your List 3 cargo was exported from China AFTER 12:01 a.m. EST May 10, 2019, it will be subject to 25% ad valorem tariffs. 

List 3 can be found here.


US and China are still negotiating.  Tariffs set to increase to 25% (List 3 below) on January 1, 2019, were postponed to March 1, 2019 and now are postponed indefinitely.  Trade talks are ongoing and a a resolution is expected sometime in the future.    


September 24, 2018 – US Implements 3rd Round of Tariffs At 10% – Anticipated an increase to 25% on January 1, 2019 which was postponed to March 1, 2019 and those were further postponed indefinitely   Any items on this list are still subject to 10% tariffs but could rise to 25% at a future date.  

List 3 can be found here.

August 23, 2018 – US Implements 2nd Round of Tariffs At 25%

List 2 can be found here.

Five of the 284 items in the original list published on June 15 were removed, these being: alginic acid, splitting machines, containers, floating docks, and microtomes.

July 6, 2018 – US implements 1st Round of Tariffs At 25% 

List 1 can be found here.

March 23, 2018: US imposes a 25 percent tariff on all steel imports (except from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, and South Korea) and a 10 percent tariff on all aluminium imports (except from Argentina and Australia).